Sunday, August 12, 2012

MANY THANKS & OUR BLOGOVERSARY

I wanted to thank all our wonderful blogging friends for their sweet and heart felt condolences.  Everyone has just been amazing.  And I appreciate the prayers, words of comfort and time everyone shared with us.  Ann's graphic and Gracie's tribute and the kind remembrances of friends have been truly touching.  Thank you, dear friends.

Yesterday we laid my mother to rest.  Now we begin the difficult part of living our lives without her.  I try not to think that she will never again turn an ordinary day into an extraordinary one through a generous or thoughtful gesture.  Or be there with wise advice, or pull another practical joke.

On a brighter note, August 13th is our First Blogoversary.  I can't believe all the kind and wonderful people I've met this past year.  I had no idea there was a community of cat bloggers with events they shared and celebrated.  What a wonderful surprise!

I love reading about the daily antics of your cats, and love that its truly global.  I worry about your cats when they are sick and cry when they pass on.  And of course, I worry and cry about their humans too.  I don't know too many people (in person) who would never tire of hearing about my cats, or who would not roll their eyes over having to look at more pictures.

Here is our first post.  Since that time we have had over 21,500 page views, 4500 comments, visitors from 90 countries and 74 followers.  This is our 271st post.  Who would have thought!  Certainly, not I.  I never really gave any thought to where this blog would go.  I've never taken a writing class, and knowing I'm not a gifted writer by any means, I work hard so its passable.  If you are mildly entertained or find it somewhat amusing, I am happy.

August 13th is also my birthday.  I love that both my blog and I are Leos.  It seems apropos.  My little lions are here purring their assent and contentment.  I was going to do a "mom" drawing with mom goodies to celebrate but, unfortunately, that will have to wait.

Again, thanks for all your support!  God bless you.  I'll be visiting everyone, but it might take a couple days, there were so many condolences!  The kitties are sending kitty kisses and purrs your way.  Are your windows rattling?  That's their purrs.

Hugs & kisses,
Paula

33 comments:

brandi said...

Mothers' love never goes away. And neither do good memories. I lost my mom years ago, and still remember all the family times we had. Lots of good memories are lovely.
Have a beautiful birthday, and concatulations on your blogoversary. We love reading your blog, and love our ever growing cat and cat-lover community.

Cat said...

Yesterday must have been a very hard day, sending you peace and strength.

Happy Birthday and Happy Blogoversary!!!! The cat blogosphere is truly a warm and wonderful oasis in the big world!

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

This is so lovely to read. You clearly feel about your Mom the way I felt about mine--these days it seems so many people I know have or had complaints and conflicts with their mothers that I am really happy to hear someone talk about their mom with such love and respect and joy. Maybe it really is a rare thing!

Happy birthday and happy blogoversary! Spitty and I send our best thoughts and purrs to all of you!

Country Cats said...

We send our condolences to you during this difficult time. Happy Blogoversary! What an achievement.

Sparkle the Designer Cat said...

Today is quite a day for your! Happy birthday and happy blogoversary! My human did not have a good relationship with her mother at ALL, and had to keep it very superficial for her own protection, so even though you are missing yours lots, know that at least she was an awesome person and you two had a great relationship that you will always treasure and grow from.

haopee said...

Super hugs to you and the gang! Congratulations on your first year and advance happy birthday!

We our nearing our first serious year and I know how it feels to have accomplished something.

On the side note, I am sure your mom is proud of your accomplishment.

Huggies and Cheese,

Haopee

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette said...

Happy Blogoversary and Happy Birthday! There are three of us Leos at Poupounette Central (Tama-Chan, Tommy and #1)!

It is so hard to get used to life without our parents, however advanced in years we may be when they leave us. The best we can do is remember them eacha nd every day with love and a smil e

Simba said...

Our thoughts are with you as you enter this stage without your Mother. It must be some comfort to know her suffering is over. Congratulations on both your birthday and one year of blogging.

Sometimes, Cats Herd You said...

Sounds like a tough day yesterday. Be kind to yourself in this difficult time.

Happy blogoversary/birthday. We're purring for your big day!

Marg said...

Wow, this is quite a day for you. Happy Happy Birthday to you. And Happy Blogoversary to you too. We do enjoy coming to visit at your blog and that it is terrific. We are still sending tons of purrs cause we know you are hurting but kitties, do give your Mom some big head bumps and some nice snuggles too. Email coming.

The Island Cats said...

Happy Blogoversary and Happy Birthday! Yes, the CB is such a wonderful place, full of kind, loving people that especially love cats! We are happy to be part of it.

We continue to send you comforting purrs as you go on without your mom. But she will always be in your heart.

The Meezers or Billy said...

{{HUGS}} and purrrrrrsss MomPaula!!! Happy Purrfday!!!!

Fuzzy Tales said...

I haven't lost my mom yet, though we don't live geographically near each other, so I can't pretend to quite understand...yet. But I'm sending you universal Light for peace and for healing.

Happy birthday and happy blogoversary to you....We're sure you don't feel like celebrating, but we hope you find some small joys in the day, regardless.

Hugs and purrs.

Kim and the boys

Hannah and Lucy said...

My Mum has been dead almost 30 years and I still miss her very much - she was my best friend. It will get easier eventually but the hole is always there. Happy Blogoversary and Happy Birthday to your Mom.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx and Mum Sue

Cherry City Kitties said...

We're glad to know you, even though not very long. We never get tired of your kitties, and our Momma worries and cries too sometimes. We know that it just means you care - a lot.

So enjoy your birthday and to the kitties, Happy Blogoversary!
Your friends,
Harry,Dexter and Tipp

Katie Isabella said...

Happy Birthday my friend, and happy Blogaversary too. I love being here with you and the family furred and human. It's a privelege.

Repositório said...

Happy Birthday and Blogoversary!!!!!!!

~*Connie*~ said...

Happy Birthday Paula, and happy blogoversery! May this new year bring you many joys and happiness.

Katnip Lounge said...

Happy Blogaversary, and Happy Birthday Paula! We have been thinking of you. We had thunderboomers the other night...tell your crew they can turn it down, just a tiny bit!

CCL Wendy said...

Yes, the time between a loved one's passing and the funeral, it seems like everything moves in slow motion -- almost like it's another world. We hope the memories of your Mom will give you comfort in the days to come.

Happy Birthday and Happy Blogoversary to you! It must feel like a strange juxtaposition with recent events, but I'm sure your would want you to enjoy your special day -- especially since it is so very significant.

Ginger Jasper said...

we can so relate in many ways, mum's mum died 3 years ago and she still misses her every day. The blogosphere was a realy great find for us too and we thank our lucky stars for finding it and all our many friends made since we did. Happy Blogoversary and Happy Birthday.. Purrs and hugs GJ xx

meowmeowmans said...

I can only imagine how difficult yesterday was. I still miss my dad, who passed away 8 1/2 years ago. But I continue to see the ways in which he influenced my life and my world view, and that is a blessing. I KNOW, from what you've shared about your mom that she will continue to live in your hearts. And that her influence and love will not end.

Happy blogoversary to you all, and happy birthday to you, Paula!

We are so fortunate to be your friends, and are ever grateful that you began blogging one year ago.

Hugs, prayers and purrs.

The Furries of Whisppy said...

Thank you for this beautiful post. I am so glad you were there with your Mom as she passed. The way she left was so peaceful and I am grateful for that.
Happy Blogoversary and a Happy Birthday, Paula. We love that we are blogging buddies. :)

Julie Baugh said...

We are sorry we were away on holiday when this happened, but wanted to stop by and offer you our thoughts and prayers at this time.

We would also like to congratulate you on your blogoversary, and wish you many happy returns.

ABBY said...

We know you work very hard on your blog and the love you put into comes through. We always look for you in our Reader and it is always wonderful to find a new posting. We have had you in our hearts the past few days, knowing how difficult this time must be. Your Mom would be so proud of you, she raised a very fine lady. You are her legacy, and so you will carry her within your heart forever. She would want you to continue in happiness and we hope that with your birthday you find some joys to help ease your sorrow.

(((hugs)))

purrs
>^,,^<
✿•*¨`*•. ♥Abby♥Boo♥Ping♥Jinx♥Grace♥✿•*¨`*•.

ABBY said...

PeeSss
A very happy first year blogoversary too!!!!

Tillie and Georgia said...

Happy Birthday Paula!!!!!!
Happy Blogoversary too !!
We look forward to many more posts too!!
Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
Tiger,Treasure,JJ and Julie

Eric and Flynn said...

I lost my mum a little over 30 years ago and still miss her. (((Hugs))) to you.
Happy blogoversary and Happy Birthday to you. I am also a Leo, my birthday is in 2 days time.

Texas, a Cat in New York said...

I too found the anipal blogosphere amazingly funny and caring.
Happy Blog Anniversary! Happy Birthday!
And many hugs and Purrs :-)
Texas and his human

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY (I know this year it isn't happy) but I still wish you a world of happiness and good health
HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!! We have been following you I think all the way, and we LOVE your blog!
I think your writing is personal, warm and GREAT! You share your heart with us and that is what matters, you are REAL!
(((((hugs)))) and love!

rumpydog.com said...

Happy Blogoversary! I will continue to keep your family in my thoughts. xxx

Katie and Glogirly said...

(((love)))
We are so glad you are our friend. And brandi is right...your mom's love will never leave your side. I lost my mom 25 years ago and have now lived more years without her than with her. But she's with me all the time and I don't cry anymore when I think of her. I just smile really big.

xo Glogirly

www.shelter-cats.com said...

Thinking of you and glad you're back visiting us all!
I love that you and the blog and kitties are all Leo's.